(from Ford Motor
Company Press Relase) FPV Unveils the Cobra
The iconic Cobra name has returned to Australian motoring, with Ford
Performance Vehicles (FPV) today unveiling its new special edition
GT Cobra and Cobra Ute.
FPVs new Cobra range was revealed during a parade lap of Mount
Panorama prior to the start of the 2007 Supercheap Auto Bathurst
Thirty years ago the Ford Falcon XC Hardtop staged the now famous
1-2 victory formation at the 1977 Bathurst 1000 race, which led to
the release of the limited edition Cobra XC Hardtop the following
The Cobra name invokes passion among motoring enthusiasts, and now
30 years after the famous 1-2 win at Bathurst, the new FPV GT Cobra
offers the exclusivity of Cobra ownership to a new generation of car
owners, said FPV General Manager Rod Barrett.
The new FPV GT Cobra combines the original XC Cobras bold styling
with the latest in FPV engineering and total performance.
While the vehicles exterior features the same blue racing stripes
and coiled snake emblem that Cobra is famous for, the vehicle will
be powered by FPVs latest high performance Boss 5.4-litre quad-cam
32 valve V8 engine, which now produces 302kW.
The new Boss 302 engine powering both the sedan and Ute variants
produces 302 kW of power and 540 Nm of torque, and is equipped with
FPV stainless steel fabricated exhaust manifolds and a high-flow
dual exhaust system.
For motoring buffs, 302 was the capacity in cubic inches of Fords
small-block V8 engine and is also exactly double the 151 kW output
of the 1978 Cobras 4.9-litre V8 engine.
The GT Cobra has a limited slip differential and is available with
either a close ratio six-speed manual transmission with a high
torque clutch or the ZF six-speed automatic transmission with
Sequential Sports Shift.
FPVs innovative R Spec handling package is fitted as standard to
the GT Cobra, contributing to the outstanding chassis dynamics of
the special edition model.
The white exterior features blue striping across the bonnet, roof
and rear deck lid, and is completed by the unique Cobra badge on
each front fender. The GT Cobra will also include exclusive R Spec
Both variants are fitted with leather seats as standard, with each
seat carrying the coiled Cobra snake logo.
The Cobras Dunlop SP Sport Maxx 245/35ZR tyres are fitted to
special 19-inch five-spoke alloy wheels with white accents and a
machined face finish.
Production will be limited to 400 sedans and 100 Utes, and each
vehicle will come with a unique Cobra build badge identity.
The GT Cobra sedan will have a recommended retail price of $65,110*,
while the Cobra Ute will be priced at $61,200*.
* Pricing excludes dealer delivery and statutory charges
FPV Programs Manager Paul Cook said the objective of the revised
Boss engine specification was to increase the peak power and torque
in the mid to upper engine speed range, without affecting vehicle
exhaust emissions and urban fuel economy.
Several changes have resulted in the increased performance,
including improvements to the volumetric efficiency of the engine
above 3750 rpm, said Cook.
This has been achieved by a new inlet and exhaust camshaft profile
to increase inlet valve lift and duration, with changes to the valve
and valve spring to accommodate the increased valve lift.
The compression ratio has been increased from 10.5:1 to 10.8:1,
which has improved combustion efficiency through the scavenging of
The engine calibration has been extensively revised to optimise the
engine operating conditions with the new components, while
improvements have also been made to improve accelerator response.
The FPV GT Cobra and Cobra Ute have been optimised to run on 98 RON
premium unleaded petrol.